Riot Responds To League Of Legends Community Criticism Of New AFK Timer

Nov 21, 2022 · 12


A Riot developer has responded to community criticism of the new away-from-keyboard (AFK) timer that has been implemented since the beginning of preseason.

With the preseason now upon us, Riot Games has made many changes to League of Legends, gameplay and otherwise. The developer has been making more concrete efforts to crack down on toxic behaviour in-game. Many players are falling victim to the new auto-mute system, which rightfully mutes players who use offensive language but is perhaps overzealous in its number of banned terms.

Another newly-added feature is the AFK timer. If a player is AFK for more than 60 seconds then the game will issue a warning. If someone is AFK for over 90 seconds then their teammates will be given the option to remake the game.

A thread on the League of Legends subreddit sparked a community discussion on the new timer being too harsh. The original poster gave the example of Teemo camping in a bush at the beginning of the game and getting an AFK warning as a result.

Chris “Auberaun” Roberts, a producer at Riot left a response in the thread. He said, “The pop-up is at around 60 seconds since your last input and it takes 90 seconds of no input to trigger a remake option, and we think it’s a reasonable ask for folks to click something in a 60/90 second window. We could potentially move back the popup. 30 seconds for water should be fine (but also the game does start at 0.00!).

There’s certainly a conversation to be had. It can be frustrating for players who want their teammates to be active on the map in the extreme early game, such as for the purpose of covering jungle invades, to see their teammates all sat in base until a minute into the game. However, players shouldn’t be landed with an AFK punishment for failing to move for a mere minute and a half.

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